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Report: Jazz Coach Hired As Blazers Assistant General Manager

May 30, 2022, 12:35 PM
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Interim general manager Joe Cronin talks to Damian Lillard # 0 of the Portland Trail Blazers prior to the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Moda Center on December 17, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Portland Trail Blazers hired Utah Jazz assistant coach Sergi Oliva as an assistant general manager, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The NBA insider reported the news on Monday, May 30.

Oliva had spent the past two seasons as an assistant to Jazz head coach Quin Snyder.

“ESPN Sources: The Portland Trail Blazers are hiring Sergi Oliva as an assistant general manager. Oliva has been an assistant coach with Utah for the past two years and previously served as VP of Strategy with Philadelphia,” Wojnarowski tweeted. “Oliva is the third new assistant GM hired in the past four months under GM Joe Cronin, including Andrae Patterson and Mike Schmitz.”

Oliva will serve as an assistant to Blazers general manager Joe Cronin.

Prior to his time with the Jazz, Oliva coached internationally for more than a decade.

During his two seasons in Utah, Oliva helped the Jazz clinch consecutive playoff berths, two of the franchise’s six straight trips to the postseason.

Oliva helped the Jazz to the No. 1 overall seed in the West and the NBA’s top regular season record in the 2020-21 season.

Last season, the Jazz had a 49-33 record.

Oliva is joining a Trail Blazers organization that missed the playoffs last season with a 27-55 record. Portland played the 2021-22 campaign under first-year head coach Chauncey Billups.

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